The 10 Most Influential Trades in Texas Rangers History

Chris Giles
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 17: Mark Teixeira #23 of the Texas Rangers bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum on July 17, 2005 in Oakland, California. The A's defeated the Rangers 5-4 in 14 innings. (Photo by Brad Mangin /MLB Photos via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JULY 17: Mark Teixeira #23 of the Texas Rangers bats during the game against the Oakland Athletics at McAfee Coliseum on July 17, 2005 in Oakland, California. The A's defeated the Rangers 5-4 in 14 innings. (Photo by Brad Mangin /MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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#2- Michael Young acquired from Toronto (2000)

Michael Young’s #10 was retired by the Texas Rangers

Desperate for starting pitching, the Toronto Blue Jays traded struggling reliever Darwin Cubillan and minor league infielder Michael Young to the Texas Rangers for starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza.

After leaving Texas, Loaiza pitched for five different organizations.  For his career, Loaiza pitched 14 seasons of MLB, and compiled a 126-114 record.  Loaiza returned from baseball in 2008, eight years after his trade from Texas.

Michael Young was a September callup after his trade to Texas and played two games in 2000.  In 2001, at the age of 24, Young cracked the Rangers lineup full-time.  Young played 1,823 games over 13 seasons for the Rangers.  Young had 2,230 hits, including 415 doubles, 55 triples, 177 home runs, 984 RBI’s, 89 SB, a .301 BA, .347 OBP, and scored 1,085 runs for Texas.  Young was also a seven-time all star and holds several Rangers records.  Since 2014, Young has been a special assistant to then general manager Jon Daniels.  In 2016, Young was enshrined into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.  In 2019, Young’s #10 jersey was retired by the Rangers.

Following the trade, Cubillan pitched in 13 games out of the Rangers bullpen.  On May 8, 2001, Cubillan was traded to the Montreal Expos.

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